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105 Thomson Middle East Cruise Reviews
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Bearzrus
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
My partner and I were lucky enough to have booked a two week 'cruise and stay' holiday, very last minute (less than one week before our departure!), with week one on the Thomson Celebration 'Red Sea Cruise' (from Sharm-El-Sheik) and week ... Read more
fafakat
Member Since 2013
1 review
My wife and I had promised ourselves a cruise around our Silver Wedding Anniversary and our wish was granted ! Having had a bilateral total hip replacement with my second op. just a couple of months prior to my travel and our horrid 2013 ... Read more
mrssbuckley
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
24 forum posts
We did this same trip last feb and had such a good time we returned. Once again the celebration didnt let us down. A small ship with massive personality and so friendly. The refurb is looking good, althou we must of had the only area where ... Read more
soxlamp
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
27 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
Booked this cruise as a winter sun break at a fantastic price , bonus was getting to go to Petra. Decided not to get off In Port Sokhna or Safaga which were both industrial type ports on the remainder of the days as we wanted to see ... Read more
Pozzeypolly
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed March 2013
Great holiday so much better than expected. This was our first cruise with Thomson's and we were not disappointed. The weather was in the 30's, the only time we needed a cardigan/jacket was in Petra when it can be a bit chilly in the ... Read more
sanmarco
Member Since 2009
1 review
73 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
We have just returned from Red Sea cruise. Overall great value for money Flights and check in easy at Manchester but Sharm el Sheikh airport was a nightmare with no reps on hand for advice. No one knew where to go! Ship was immaculate ... Read more
thomaskay
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
Our family came back last week from the Pharaohs and Promised Land cruise on Thomsons Spirit. My husband and I are in our 50's, son is 29, daughter 28 and mother 81. After a break of 10 years without the "kids" we have had two cruises ... Read more
BigdogWirral
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
We have just returned from our first cruise, Thomsons "Red Sea Magic" aboard the Celebration. While this is not the largest ship out there, it is very comfortable, with a fantastically friendly yet unintrusive crew, who provide nothing ... Read more
ruthmel1
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
I was a bit worried about going on the Thomson spirit after reading some reviews about how old and tired the ship was. I was preparing myself for a tatty ship. Yes its old but it was very clean, and well decorated. We flew from ... Read more
grannyrider
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed February 2013
Just returned from 7 nights at the Sensatori hotel and 7 nights on the Celebration, Great hotel, clean, friendly staff. Entertainment wasn't great. Got on board at Sharma Port. The Celebration was fantastic, good size cabins, will be ... Read more
sergiouno
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
Sailed February 2013
We joined the Celebration on the 28 of February at Sh-arm El Sheik and we where not disappointed.From the quick embarkation to getting our cabin was first class.Its a pity THOMSON flights are not the same! We took this cruise with my ... Read more
Dodgerdog1
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2013
Thomson Calibration 21st to 28th Feb - Our first time cruising and what a great and fun time it was. This grand old boat packs a lot into its newly refurbished interior and what a happy and hardworking crew they all are. Loads to do ... Read more
thomsonfirsttimer
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
184 forum posts
Hi folks - We just got back from the Celebration yesterday - had a great time. We'd been on her twice before so we could see what had and had not changed. Hemmingways looked the most different for me. All new furniture and carpets and a ... Read more
Compsec
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We booked this through a Thomson travel agency and never having cruised before decided to try a few upgrades. We upgraded to a suite, bought the drinks package (more later) and selected our seats on the flight. On arrival at the ... Read more
Dariusdave
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Thursday 24 Jan 2013 to Thursday 31 Jan 2013 Exceeded our wildest dreams Enormously helped by Sally at Thomson shop in Swindon who explained the language for Cruses, selecting cabins and most important the All Inclusive package at c. '79 ... Read more
Myjilani
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
Flew from Leeds Bradford with Thomson Airways. Reasonable check in. No quibbles over weight of hand luggage. Nearly six hours flight in cramped conditions. No inflight entertainment nor meals available on these flights. Tried a snack ... Read more
laurianna
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed January 2013
Flight Luton to Sharm then embarkation very smooth -although my suitcase was completely battered in transit and was replaced with a new one within 2 days by Thomson. Our party of three ladies over 50 we booked a three berth and here ... Read more
jkjkjk
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
55 forum posts
Sailed January 2013
Airport:Helpful thomson staff at check in, very quick. Flight:The most cramped seats I have ever sat in. A little better on the way back with a newer aircraft. No entertainment on a 5 hour flight. Sharm airport: Bit of a long wait to get ... Read more
beemerrotherham
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
Sailed January 2013
I just need to state that this is the third time on this ship but it will be our last. We travelled from East Midlands to Sharm el Sheikh airport which all went fine apart from the fact that the aircon wasn't working. An hour and a half ... Read more
Ridgehead
Member Since 2013
1 review
Trip booked last minute, two weeks ahead, and wanted to try cruising and see 3 major sites of Petra, Pyramids and Luxor while it was cooler. Luckily for us it was also no children. Flights and transfers to ship, ported at Sharm el sheik, ... Read more
joshuamcbuck
Member Since 2013
1 review
My wife & our boys aged 12 years & 9 years were on the Thomson Celebration Cruise during this Christmas in 2 nos. outside cabins on B deck. The cabins were comfortable with adequate space to store cloths etc. The food was acceptable ... Read more
houseflag
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
2 forum posts
Joined Thomson Celebration on 20th December 2012 for Red Sea Magic Christmas Cruise. Transfers from Sharm El Sheikh airport to port went smoothly and boarding process was straight forward. We had sailed on the ship before , normally on ... Read more
elapatrice
Member Since 2009
1 review
31 forum posts
This was our first cruise with Thomsons and we were a bit wary before going as to whether or not we would enjoy a smaller ship, but all our concerns were unfounded, as we had a lovely time. We flew from Newcastle to Sharm El Sheik and ... Read more
marie cade
1 review
Sailed April 2012
We have just arrived back from doing the red sea magic cruise on board the Thomson celebration ship and we had a fantastic time. we could not fault a single thing. All of the crew bar staff and the restaurant staff were so helpful and ... Read more
Jo Taylor
1 review
Having sailed on a 'mini cruise' on the P&O Ventura 3 weeks prior to this cruise we were told not to expect anything like the size and extravagant ship for the Celebration but had been advised that the service and the atmosphere will be ... Read more

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